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Types of 53 ft dry van trailers
There are several types of 53 ft dry van trailers, including models built Wabash, Great Dane, and Utility. This class of truck and trailer combination is extremely versatile and can carry the most freight on the road when compared to any other type of truck or van. As a premier third-party logistics provider (3PL), the experienced expeditors at HotShotTrucking.com know when an expedited 53 ft dry van is the best option for your next time-sensitive shipment – and even those that aren’t. There are many reasons why your next shipment might end up on a 53 ft tractor trailer, so let’s look at what makes these vehicles so capable and how HotShotTrucking.com can help you with your most urgent shipping needs.
Anatomy of a dry van
A 53 ft dry van is usually what comes to mind when you think of a semi-truck and trailer. The semi-truck tractor pulls a long, rectangular box on wheels, which runs between 48 to 53 feet long, 102” wide and 110” high, and has up to six axles. Most types have hinged rear doors, but some also have roll-up doors, lift-gates, and some models have additional side doors for easier access to the cargo area. Dry vans are not temperature controlled, and as such do not generally carry perishable or frozen freight except in certain rare instances. Unlike flatbed trailers, dry vans are fully enclosed, which makes it easy to secure freight and protect it from outside elements.
Safe and Efficient Transport
The construction of dry van trailers is key for the safe and efficient transport of a wide range of non-perishable goods from construction materials and auto parts to healthcare equipment. Lightweight aluminum sides paired with weathertight hardwood or aluminum floors, with varying levels of wall protection to prevent damage from forklifts and pallets make up the average dry van trailer and provide many advantages for shipping. As long as your freight is not hazardous, perishable or wet, a 53 ft dry van is an excellent option for cross-country, inter-state, and even intra-state transportation.
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Sometimes bigger is better
When compared to all other modes of ground transportation - excluding rail - the 53 ft dry van is the king of interstate shipping. Nothing can beat the efficient, large load capacity of a 53 ft semi trailer. The typical 53 ft tractor trailer has a load capacity of up to 48,000 pounds (although this can vary between models) and a whopping 4,085 cubic feet of storage. This greater capacity provides significant economies-of-scale for any shipment. Depending on the size of the pallets and how they are loaded, a 53 ft trailer can haul anywhere between 26 to 30 pallets. Speaking of loading, there are three primary methods for loading a 53 ft dry van, including:
HotShotTrucking.com provides the same outstanding performance, coordinated logistics, tracking and customer service for its 53 ft dry van and other truck options as it does for all of its ground and air cargo services. We have an integrated network of air and ground shipping options to give you the widest range of choices without having to call around for multiple quotes. Your shipment size and speed requirements are matched to the perfect right-sized vehicle, and if your deadline does not support using ground service, your shipment can fly via a dedicated air charter service. From the moment you call, until after your shipment reaches its final destination, you can trust HotShotTrucking.com to deliver your freight and superior customer service – every time.
Understanding LTL and FTL
Given the immense carrying capability of a 53 ft semi trailer, you might be wondering, “Does my shipment have to fill the entire dry van?” The short answer is no. LTL shipping, or less-than-truckload shipping, is a standard shipping for smaller batch loads that do not fill the entire trailer. Conversely, FTL, or full-truckload service, is used when your shipment fills an entire dry van. When you work with HotShotTrucking.com, everything is exclusive use, so your freight is the only freight on the truck. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, which your experienced HotShotTrucking.com expeditor will work through with you to determine the best option for your freight. These are some of the main differences between LTL and FTL.
LTL – Your shipment is combined with shipments from other freight line customers.
FTL – Complete exclusivity. Your shipment is the only freight loaded onto the truck.
LTL – The 53 ft semi truck stops at several freight terminals between its departure point and final destination.
FTL – Your shipment is loaded onto the truck and proceeds directly to its destination.
LTL – Your freight is handled multiple times when it transfers from one truck to another.
FTL – Your freight does not leave the truck until its final destination, whether it is a freight terminal or commercial loading dock.
Some factors your HotShotTrucking.com expeditor will also consider when planning your shipment include:
- Is the shipment less than 10,000 lbs?
- Is it possible to consolidate the shipment on one or more pallets?
- Does the LTL shipping timeline meet your requirements or deadlines?
- Is sharing trailer space with other shipments acceptable?
- Is someone available during business hours for pickup and delivery?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s possible that a different vehicle and exclusive service option through HotShotTrucking.com might work for you.
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Dry van service by HotShotTrucking.com
HotShotTrucking.com is your full-service third-party logistics provider, delivering optimized and customized shipping solutions that work for you and your business needs. Not only does HotShotTrucking.com provide top-tier ground services, but also airborne shipping options, and any combination in-between. With 53 ft dry van service from HotShotTrucking.com, you get so much more than just a reliable vehicle and fully vetted driver. Here is what you can expect when you work with HotShotTrucking.com.
Your dedicated expeditor is on-call 24/7/365 to answer any questions and handle any unexpected issues that arise, from your shipment’s current location to a complete rerouting or vehicle change.
HotShotTrucking.com analyzes every detail of the delivery route, from traffic patterns, weather reports, and road construction, in order to select the one least likely to experience a delay. For longer routes, HotShotTrucking.com can ensure a 53 ft tractor trailer with sleeper is used to keep your freight moving day and night.
Technology never sleeps, so HotShotTrucking.com is able to track your shipment at all times. Thanks to our tracking systems, we know if a delay arises and work to eliminate it.
HotShotTrucking.com carefully vets each logistics partner, ensuring a dependable work record of transporting and delivering safely and on time. We only work with drivers who demonstrate responsibility, courtesy and commitment to exceeding customer expectations.
Expert delivery plan
With HotShotTrucking.com, experience the confidence that comes from an expert delivery plan and working with the same expeditor from start to finish. Your freight is important to you, so it’s important to us. For more information about 53 ft dry van service, straight trucks, Sprinter vans, or any of our top-tier shipping options, contact us today at (800) 604-2511 or simply go online to HotShotTrucking.com and click Get a Quote. No prior account needed! We look forward to working with you as your complete logistics partner!
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